Definition of excel verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    excel

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ɪkˈsel//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈsel//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they excel
    BrE BrE//ɪkˈsel//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈsel//
     
    he / she / it excels
    BrE BrE//ɪkˈselz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈselz//
     
    past simple excelled
    BrE BrE//ɪkˈseld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈseld//
     
    past participle excelled
    BrE BrE//ɪkˈseld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈseld//
     
    -ing form excelling
    BrE BrE//ɪkˈselɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈselɪŋ//
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] to be very good at doing something excel (in/at something) She has always excelled in foreign languages. As a child he excelled at music and art. excel (at doing something) The team excels at turning defence into attack. See related entries: Clever
  2. 2[transitive] excel yourself (British English) to do extremely well and even better than you usually do Rick's cooking was always good but this time he really excelled himself. More Like This Consonant-doubling verbs bob, club, dub, grab, rub, sob, throb kid, nod, pad, plod, prod, shred, skid, thud beg, blog, bug, drag, drug, flag, hug, jog, log, mug, nag, plug bar, confer, infer, occur, prefer, refer, star, stir, transfer acquit, admit, allot, chat, clot, commit, jut, knit, pat, regret, rot, spot, submit (in British English:) appal, cancel, channel, control, counsel, enrol, equal, excel, fuel, fulfil, label, level, marvel, model, pedal, quarrel, signal, travelSee worksheet. See related entries: Clever
  3. Word Origin late Middle English: from Latin excellere, from ex- ‘out, beyond’ + celsus ‘lofty’.
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